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Thoughts on Empathy

Posted On: May 30, 2023

A recent publication in the journal Health Services Research A systematic review of research on empathy in health care provides a helpful summary of the past fifty years of research regarding “empathy.”  This important and timely article included more than 400 peer-reviewed studies on the impact of empathy on key health outcomes

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Not quite MI?

Posted On: December 14, 2020


Is practicing the spirit of Motivational Interviewing enough?  Implications for MI teachers and students

Read more about what actually produces skilled MI practitioners in this post by CIPC Director, Dr. Daniel Mullin.  Dan has been teaching and practicing Motivational Interviewing for more than 20 years and he discusses data about MI training and his observations about how MI is used in real clinical situations.  Click on the title to read the post.

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A behavioral health practitioner reflects on Medication Assisted Treatment and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

Posted On: October 19, 2020

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CIPC Director, Dan Mullin PsyD, MPH reflects on his role as a behavioral health practitioner in a clinic where Medication Assisted Treatment and Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MAT/MOUD) are common.  His clinical work is as a BHP in a rural clinic that has a substantial population of individuals and families impacted by substance use.  

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All is Lost -- Or is It?

Posted On: February 11, 2019

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Two more patients of mine died this past weekend. Two more on top of two more on top of two more. I have lost more patients in the last three years from opioid deaths than I have lost patients from all causes during my entire career. 

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Be it Spiritual or Secular, Finding Your Sanctuary

Posted On: October 29, 2018

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Tina Runyan often posts on this blog about wellness and clinician burnout.  This post was prompted by the shootings in the Pittsburgh synagogue.  Read her comments about the concept and reality of sanctuary by clicking on the post title. 

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Reflecting on the MITI Highway

Posted On: July 02, 2018

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In the second part of this two-part post, Motivational Interviewing teacher and coach, Ali Hall reflects on how to listen more deeply to those who are struggling to change their behaviors.

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Taking the MITI Highway to Enhance MI Skill Development

Posted On: June 27, 2018

Chance to Change

There is an internationally recognized tool for measuring the effectiveness of a clinical encounter using Motivational Interviewing and it is called the MITI (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity).  In this post, Ali Hall, who acts as MI coach in our MI Certificate course reflects on one of the first times she used the MITI--on a patient conversation she herself had with a chronic smoker.

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